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noun Chemistry.
  1. a salt of any molybdic acid.
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Origin of molybdate

First recorded in 1785–95; molybd(ic) + -ate2
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Historical Examples of molybdate

  • Molybdate of ammonium is the salt principally used in dyeing.

    Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II

    Arnold Cooley

  • A more eligible preparation is the molybdate of baryta, produced by mixing solutions of molybdate of potash and acetate of baryta.

  • A blue precipitate falls, which is a molybdate of molybdic oxide, hydrated, and abundantly soluble in water.

  • The fluid acquires a yellow coloration when boiled with a solution of molybdate of ammonia.

  • The solution containing the molybdate is neutralised and treated with an excess of mercurous nitrate.

British Dictionary definitions for molybdate


  1. a salt or ester of a molybdic acid
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